I can’t recommend this enough – especially now at this weird time for us all. I’ve been delving deep with the help of Desire Map and it’s been a been beacon of light on some very dark days of late.
Sometimes the heart choice is right there, easy to access. Other days, we’re going to have to breathe deep, and pray, and ask for assurance, and talk ourselves into that higher feeling.
We’re going to flow and falter and learn and love. We’re going to find the sacred and lose touch with it, maybe for long periods of time, and we ARE going to come back to it. I just want us to meet this Earthly life with our holy hearts, you know. Awareness.
Heart-centered living is not all flowy, but it’s all worth it. We do have the power to learn our lessons with more joy and ease. And THAT is real progress.
I came to Nutriri through my involvement with Embrace and The Body Image Movement and I’ve been lurking and supporting where possible for the last few years. What started as a journey into body positivity, turned into an adventure into body and personal acceptance. Nutriri really represents that adventure for me and the coming together of so many of my own experiences and passions over the last few years. I love that Nutriri is about much more than just body image. An open hearted, compassionate and accepting will to work with people where they are to improve their relationship with food, exercise, freedom, happiness and more can in my humble opinion, only serve to make the world a better place.
I’m so excited to share that now we get to do some work and spread the word about body acceptance and ending weight stigma in Nutriri’s upcoming online summit, ‘As You Are’. I’m where I’m at now because of so many amazing people and the work they have chosen to do – Helen James included!
Sharon Smith, Photographer and I will be speaking about our recent photo shoot, what brought us there and the positives that it brought since for us both.
I’ll be gifting an online intro session for Desire Map to the summit too as without Desire Map I don’t think I’d be where I am now – doing work like this and loving it! So what’s the summit about? Well (in Nutriri’s own words) it’s…
“More than just another summit!
It’s a fundraising, activism and personal development summit! Nutriri is a social good organisation working hard to end body/weight stigma and disordered eating, we need YOU to be the one that knows how to change the conversation in your family and friendship circles.
For MOST of us – weight and health judgements are causing more harm to individuals than weight itself. We’ve known FOREVER that restrictive eating doesn’t sustain health and when we’re constantly pursuing thinness, our mental health suffers.
You don’t need to change – the conversation does!”
So come join the conversation and be part of the change.
I recently took part in a photo shoot with two friends, hosted by photographer Sharon Smith, who is inspired by the work of American photographer Jade Beall. It was a magic, empowering and wonderful morning full of support, love and laughter. The photos will speak for themselves when they are ready to do so but I really want to get my words down about the absolutely massive ripple effect of these few amazing hours.
I’d consider myself pretty advanced on my body image journey as well as my own internal one. I’ve embraced where I’m at right now with my body and what I need to do to improve my health, well-being and happiness. I’m taking charge and being proactive. I’m learning to live in a heart centred way and expanding into a very rich and diverse inner world that brings me daily joy and cause for celebration! Life is good. Things are changing all the time. I’m a work in progress and I’m more than happy that way.
The prospect of this shoot didn’t bother me in the least – I was excited to do it and looking forward to it. On the day – especially having watched my buddy jump in first, I wasn’t nervous or anxious – I had no issues taking my clothes off and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Nothing though, could have prepared me for the feelings that came up after this shoot and that continue to ripple out daily for me.
During the shoot we discussed, among many other things, areas of our body where we have scars or issues. When asked what part of me that was, I replied that it would be my stomach I guess, but I was unsure why. I gave it a lot of thought afterwards. In fact, I was reluctantly prompted to it again the next day when someone chose to rub my stomach and ask “how is all this coming along?” (That is a whole other blog post). I started by tracking back my relationship with my body from when I was a child and overheard a relative tell my mother that she needed to feed me up as I looked miserable. I moved through my teens being encouraged to gain weight – my thin body seemed to concern others and make them uncomfortable. I blindly did this until I reached a weight that collected less comment, happy to put up with being the tall thin girl well into my twenties. This was when I started to gain weight unintentionally – travel, way too much good living, age, hormones – I went all the way up to a size 12 (yeah seriously – this was big for me!) in the space of a few years and the comments about my stomach and weight began as did the encouragement to keep trim. I can vividly recall an old co-worker remark and get agreement from others on my looking “better with a bit of meat” on me. I am not sure how I didn’t scream. In hindsight, I was way too gracious.
I attended weight watchers to lose weight for my
wedding. Not because I was unhappy with
my size 12-ness, but because my sister was going and it was something you did
for your wedding – you know, the “happiest day of your life” has to be preceded
with months of point calculation and weekly fat shaming! It didn’t last. I do remember deciding that I was much more
concerned with enjoying it all than reducing my food to numbers and
points. Unfortunately it wasn’t the end
of my diet journey…
Through my thirties I continued to diet (and yeah, the
comments kept coming about my poor dear round tum). I went back to weight watchers, I tried
juicing, Atkins and others I thankfully fail to recall the details of. I’d lose and gain over and over, in a never
ending cycle. Then I had my first child
and totally took on the messages of “getting back” my old figure (not sure
which one!). I discovered Lipotrim –
meal replacement shakes and no food.
Jesus wept, what was I thinking?
I did this a few times too – ultimately losing what felt like tonnes of
weight, and slowly putting it back on again.
After my second child I ran back to Lipotrim before I started to cop on
that the results were amazing yes, but short-lived too and it was more
difficult to lose weight each time – it was impacting my metabolism and the
deprivation was just not worth it. I was
and continue to be very conscious of my daughters’ perceptions of my body image
too. How do you explain not eating food
to a five year old without it impacting negatively?
Over the next few years l continued to weight cycle and to
struggle with ill health – low energy, headaches, mood swings, depression, aches, pains, foot problems, joint problems,
Raynauds – all checked, medicated, improved slightly and then returning to
their previous status. Weight was
blamed on a number of occasions and I was told to lose some. I didn’t believe this was the problem, but I
tried anyway – I would have done just about anything to wrestle back some
health. After counselling and medication
for depression I still felt no better and there was talk with my doctor of
upping my doses, I decided it was time to take things in hand for myself. I weaned myself off the meds I was on, did a month of “clean eating”
to really wipe my physical state clean and returned to the doctor for a full check-up. I was then diagnosed with hypothyroidism and
prescribed a synthetic thyroid medication to take daily. I can remember the doctor telling me the meds
were for life, that my thyroid was destroying itself and that I would start to
feel better after about a month and that the weight would “fall off”. They don’t tell you you’ll walk away
wondering what you did wrong, why your body wants to attack itself or that
you’ll end up feeling that you’ve yet another thing to “fix” about your deficient
I did feel better after a month, for about a month, but the
weight didn’t budge and after three months I was feeling rotten again. There began a constant ebb and flow of up and
down in my dosage and very little time when I actually felt well. At one point I believe my dosage was too high
and I tipped into hypo – that was when I decided there had to be a better way
for this too! I’ve had big chunks of
time where the thyroid symptoms are under control by just eating well and looking
after myself. Big life events tend to
knock that balance totally out of kilter, so after my Mum’s death last year my
thyroid health slumped again and I ended up back on the meds and playing upsy
downsey with the doses all over again.
I’ve stopped now. I’m working
with a homeopath friend to take it in hand again and calling on the knowledge,
wisdom, self-care and self-mastery I’m working on these last few years.
Why am I putting all this in here? It’s where I’ve been the last few weeks – delving into the stories that got me here – the ones that made me feel either not enough or too much, the ones that make me feel wrong, ill, needing to be fixed. The stories that wanted me smaller, quieter, less than or too much. The stories that saw me believe my body was anything other than wonderful for taking me through this adventure I’m on. The messages that somehow ingrained in my psyche that as a woman, I needed to behave and look a particular way to be acceptable to the world at large. The consistency of those messages has seen me diet in one way or another and striving to stay smaller in any way I could most of my adult life and still end up at a very happy and contented size 16. Do they work? Hell no!
I stopped dieting when I saw Embrace. I knew I would. It made so much sense. I can vividly remember thinking when I saw the trailer that it had the potential to change so many things. That was a few years back now and I’ve yoyo’d on the body image and body love scales too ever since. Mostly I feel very confident in myself and my body – it’s been through a heap of challenges and living and loving and life – and I am very proud of it. I love my scars (caesarean, collar bone plate, numerous scratches, cuts, burns and mosquito bites), the veins that appeared on my legs after carrying two kids, the tattoos I chose to adorn my skin with- these things all show how much and how well I’ve lived. I realised during the photo shoot that one of my favourite body features is the dimples I have on my back. It was out of my mouth before I even knew that was the truth of it – “Please get my dimples in, they’re my favourite bit!” We really don’t think about our bodies in a positive way at all – we want to constantly fix and tweak and make better to get our bodies up to standard. And guess what? That’s someone else’s standard. It belongs to those who stand to gain from our insecurities about our bodies and ourselves.
Since the shoot I delved into what my issue with my
beautiful belly is and discovered that in fact the issue is not mine. It was and is always someone else’s issue! It was my Mum’s issue, my aunt’s issue, it
was the issue of the lady who didn’t talk to me for years because when she
congratulated me and rubbed my pot I said, “Thank you, it’s a beer belly and I
had great fun getting it”. It was never
my issue. It will NEVER be my issue again. From here on in – rolling into year 50 for me
in 2020 I guess I should be flattered to be thought young enough but the
overwhelming feeling when this happens me is embarrassment for the eejit who
has let those words spill out of their mouth, and compassion for myself that
someone else could be so insensitive.
The big thing for me from all this has been reclaiming myself and rekindling the connection I have not just to this amazing body but the connection I have with my heart and soul. Life has a habit of knocking the stuffing out of me and I can take a while to recover. My dad died 9 years ago and it feels like life has provided sucker punch after sucker punch since! It all went a bit wonky and somewhere between raising kids, losing loved ones and trying to find the balance of day to day life, I lost touch with myself – not just switching off the link with my amazing body but with myself too – mind, heart and soul. I do believe it is the way we live – life is too busy to actually think about the stuff that matters and we just get on with getting on. The last few years that’s changed for me and a journey about body image has become an epic adventure about so much more. I remembered who I am. This shoot was the final jigsaw piece falling into place and I can say hand on heart, it feels fucking fantastic.
Last year my mum died.
I had watched her diet all her life.
She had always been small, petite, slim and so well turned out – heels
every day and perfect hair! She’d gained
an enormous amount of weight when I was a child and after years of telling
doctors that there was something more wrong with her they found two massive
tumours in her brain. She survived but
was thereafter always yoyo dieting. When
I was going through her stuff a few years ago I found a very used, worn out,
folded sheet on which she had typed up (on an old manual typewriter) her Mayo
Clinic diet – what I guess would later have been called food combining – and
the state of the paper reminded me just how often she’d do two weeks of this
diet to slim down. When she was doing
this diet she’d feed everyone around her instead so it was always a joy for
us! She’d have off days – when the food
was scarce and rabbit like but Friday was steak day so you could be guaranteed
a very happy Peggy on a Friday! She
loved food – preparation, presentation, eating it (ironic given her taste and
smell was lost to the tumours). She was
a tiny force of nature. Her life wasn’t
easy but she always made the most of every day.
She was a fierce, unflinchingly dedicated mother and we always came
first. True to the era she’d grown up
in, she put herself on the bottom of that list and bowed to the pressures of a
world that just found her more acceptable at a particular size and shape. I didn’t care what size she was. I cared that she was alive, with us, loving
us, fighting for us, minding us, supporting us through everything. I cared that our kitchen table was a
sanctuary for so many friends and family down through the years who remember
her meals and her welcome and her sense of humour. She was brilliant. No one but her cared about her size. What people love and remember about her was her
warmth, vitality and spirit. No one could ever make that smaller or better or
lesser or more.
This photo shoot has changed my life. I reclaimed my self that day; the Alison that can only be found when the noise of the world is switched off and everything I’ve been wrongly conditioned to think about myself or my body lies on the floor in a heap with my clothes and it’s just me and my wonderfully resilient curvy body. There is a perception for me of being free from the shackles and oppression of a something or someone that needs me to stay small, quiet and subdued in a corner somewhere. I’m definitely not small, I have a voice and I’m definitely not staying invisible for anyone else. If you need that from me you’ll have to move along.
I believe it’s high time that we began to tackle the
pressures put on people of all sizes to fit some ridiculously unachievable and
unrealistic model of how they should look.
The thing that makes me, you, the next person to come along, so
interesting is the fact that we are all so diverse and so beautiful both inside
and out. The sooner we start sharing
our stories honestly and accept not just others, but ourselves, where we are
and how we are now without judgment, the
sooner we can pave a compassionate path away from fat phobia and forward to
inclusivity and connection.
We got together in a garden studio one morning and did some
all-embracing, empowering, body and soul reclamation as well as making some
truly amazing art! I shed some tears
watching my friend pose for her photos – wishing she could see what I see – a
powerful, warm-hearted, feisty and beautiful woman. These ladies are good friends of mine. They’re people I confide in and love to spend
time with. They are amazingly strong,
intelligent, witty individuals whose opinions and friendship I value
dearly. I’ve known them both a while but
feel like I’ve known them both forever.
The day of the shoot though, I feel like I really saw them for who they
truly are for the first time ever. And
that’s magic. Oh if we could see
ourselves the way others see us…
I think we have some idea of the magnitude of what we have done. It’s in the goose bumps on my arms and the back of my neck as I write. It was in the moment I held up my arms in front of the camera and much to my own surprise declared that “I Am Here!” It’s in my liberation since that day from carrying the expectations and issues of others in any way, other than to support them in carrying and dealing with their own load when they need help. It’s in my thoughts when I look in the mirror and have nothing but love and admiration and at the very least, fascination and affection for what I see before me. It’s in the way I ask my body how it is every morning and the gratitude I feel every evening for another day living. It’s in how I hold myself daily. It’ll be in how I continue to live true to myself and how I work to help others find the joy and treasure trove they have access to within themselves. I can only hope it’ll be in how my beautiful daughters continue to grow and thrive true to themselves, capable of filtering out any messages that do not serve to bring them joy and growth. Oh and just for shits and giggles it’ll be in how I respond to you if comment on my stomach size…
I thought before I put my planner order in that I’d run it down for people who want everything in one place. All the cover options come in script or type with the daily coming in gorgeous pink/gold art cover and classic purple, the weekly coming in blue/gold art cover and again classic purple and the undated available in two beautiful art covers – turquoise and what I’m calling heathers! For those of you who are wondering what the big deal is – these planners stand the test of a year of use really well, they are objects of beauty as well as being practical, wonderful guides for planning your life around how you want to feel. Step into Desire Map and Desire Map planning for 2020 and you won’t regret it! Contact me if you’ve any questions or wish to place an order.
Here’s the choice for Daily Planners:
Weekly planners are gorgeous too:
And the incredibly gorgeous and hugely flexible undated planner:
Mid July. I’ve had a holiday and some time to breathe since the girls finished school. We needed it all of us – space and time to process the challenges this year brought and the triumph we managed to find in it all! It’s been pretty shit. It’s also been a growth spurt of epic proportions for us as a family and quite possibly each of us individually too. I know it has been that way for me.
I haven’t worked walking dogs at all this year and made the decision to stop some months ago. I think I needed a little time to see how things worked out but I believe it was the best decision to make. I have had a total blast doing it and wouldn’t change a thing. I count myself honoured to have gotten to know so many lovely animals and their people and to have been in a position to do it.
A few years ago the hairs on the back of my neck stood up when I heard these words during an online course when someone who they’d resonated with read them to the group over a call. They’re from Danielle LaPorte.
“Most people will proceed as planned. They’ll stay quiet, suppress their doubts with rationality. They’ll make the choice to save money, save face, not rock the boat. Don’t want to disappoint people. There’s a lot on the line. I said I would, so I should.
Safe. The road to mediocre is always really…safe. And in terms of fulfillment, “safe” is really, really dangerous.
The Courageous Minority will risk being judged as indecisive, unreasonable, and flakey (in fact, they’ll expect it). They’ll take a deep breath and steady themselves for some conflict, a miracle, or both. And they will put on the brakes, throw a wrench into the works, push for change, ask for the unreasonable. Or move on. Completely.
Their risks tend to pay off, because they took them. Even though…they had come so far, invested so much, raised the stakes, had people to please, signed the contract, booked the flight. Even though…it’s really uncomfortable, extremely inconvenient, disruptive and awkward. It’s always awkward.
Courage elevates your perspective of time. You can see that the disruption of risk is temporary, and that playing it safe can extend your numbness for a very, very long time — and that’s how “good enough” becomes toxic.
Mediocrity isn’t benign. Or passive. Or neutral. It’s soul poison.
And “risk” doesn’t seem that risky when you consider that your joy and integrity are on the line.” Danielle LaPorte
This was like something my Dad would have said – he regularly spoke about throwing away the safety nets, taking the risks, stepping out of your comfort zone to be true to yourself – all probably more important to him than a lot of other things in his life (that’s a story for another day!). It really hit home. It made sense. I had to know more.
So I eagerly looked up Danielle LaPorte. I downloaded the audio books of White Hot Truth and Desire Map and started listening on my dog walks every morning. Simply put it blew my mind. That year I spent Christmas to New Year in my chair by the fire desire mapping – doing the work book, diving into myself and absolutely loving the process, the insight, the release of the old and discovering for the first time my core desired feelings for the year ahead. I used my planner daily (I still do!). It’s my anchor for the day ahead – my starting point with a full reminder of the feelings I want to feel. The goal setting that came thereafter was softer, kinder and gentler than any other goals list I’d done before (and in fairness I had not done many as I’m a little averse to the word for some reason!). And I believe I met every one of those wishes that year. And the next… And I’m doing it again this year!
My Mum passed
away last year after a very long illness. My hubby and my girls and my dogs and my
lovely friends and family got me through, but a large part of my resilience
through that awful time was my daily planning and my CDFs, and endless audio from
Ms. LaPorte to keep me company on the dog walks, with her meditations helping
me stay calm and centred on the really tricky days and through the longer
So when I started to think about moving on from dog walking, becoming a licensed Desire Map facilitator was the next dream job! I thought it out of reach but circumstance and persistence lead me to realising it and get to work on it this year. Every time I sit down to work on my offerings I’m struck by the rich content, the care and love taken with every word and I’m incredibly grateful I get this chance to do this work. I love words, and this work relies heavily on their meaning and magic to inspire, infuse and energise. The Desire Map community and facilitator community is a place of growth, love, kindness and joy. I feel like I’ve stepped into a massive warm virtual hug and I carry it with me as I delve deeper into this work.
Desire Map is a heart centred how to on getting in touch with how you want to feel in every area of your life. It shows you how to your Core Desire Feelings, and how to use those feelings in your daily life to feel the way you want to feel, and achieve the things you want to achieve. As Danielle LaPorte says in the Desire Map “You’re not chasing the goal itself – you’re chasing the feelings that you hope attaining those goals will give you.”
I offer one to one sessions and group workshops both in person and online. I’m currently planning my first at home intro session with more to come soon and am happy to facilitate these online also. Intros are a taster of the process of Desire Mapping which will last maximum 2 hours. These will be followed up with Level 1 and Level 2 Desire Map Workshops. I hope you’ll join me. I hope you’ll love it as much as I do.
“Knowing how you actually want to feel is the most potent form of clarity that you can have. Generating those feelings is the most powerfully creative thing you can do with your life.” (from Session 3: “The Strategy of Desire”, The Fire Starter Sessions
Desire Map is a heart-centred guidance system for making choices, being more present and living your life based on how you want to feel. It’s helped me find ease, joy, alignment, compassion, tenderness and resilience among many others and I’ve been so taken with the impact for me, I’ve become a facilitator for this work. I’m thrilled to share the experience and give you a taste of what Desire Map can do for you. Contact me for more details.
I’ve been so caught up in my own little bubble this year that it is only now, with summer looming and the pressure easing, that I am finally coming back to the projects that I took January and February off work to concentrate on. Things changed. It got messy, then really tough, then heart-breaking, shattering and mucky. I walked around with my heart and soul on my outside for the first part of this year and I couldn’t even begin to think of work, or new things, or diving into the dream stuff! The challenge continues but with more breathing space and less pressure and I’m looking forward to melting into a summer of softly working to bring all the good stuff to life while I spend some time with the family.
May has come and gone and I’ve survived my first ever birthday without my birthday buddy (my Mum) by my side. We swam at dawn, scattered her ashes, and marked the day with the reverence and glee she brought to every single birthday she ever touched. It sucked to feel the emptiness of missing her on this day. I don’t guess that it ever won’t but I’m getting used to filling it up with good living and family time that she’d no doubt approve of.
I’m back getting ready to facilitate workshops but now with the added bonus and work to do for facilitating Fire Starter Sessions also (thanks to the generosity of the force that is Danielle LaPorte!). I’ve begun one to one sessions and I love this work so much it lights me up. It needs to be top of my list for 2019. There will be an introductory session or sessions coming up this summer. Contact me if you’re interested or looking for further info!
For those new to the concept, Desire Mapping is a heart-centered approach to creating a life you love using your core desired feelings (how you want to feel) as your guiding light and daily focus. It has changed my life.
Intro sessions are a beautiful sneak peak into how the workshops work and the insights and truths you can discover within your self. No right or wrong, just the heart of the matter.
I’ve started the new Desire Map Course online and wow it has been everything and more than I expected. It is stunningly heart-centred, beautifully inspirational, soft, creative and illuminating. I have the stirrings of new core desired feelings coming… Does “fucking awesome” count as a CDF I wonder? More on that later…
My other 2019 project is working with Nutriri to help in any way I can. Founder Helen James is building this social enterprise with her fantastic vision and love of open collaboration and inclusivity. Nutriri aims to provide people with the means to improve, from the inside out, their relationship with their bodies and food, help them find food ease and discover nourishing self-care choices. I’ve moved through my own body image journey over the last few years and it’s turned into something much broader and holistic than just body image. My Dad would be delighted. It’s all about the journey inward towards the soul after all, as he liked to say. (He’s somewhere now nodding his head saying, “I told you so little one”. )
I believe Nutriri embodies this all-encompassing bigger picture and more. Nutriri will be hosting its first online seminar later this year and I’ve volunteered do something Desire Map for it too – out of the comfort zone I go! Bring it on.
There’s been much this year that I hadn’t expected or wanted but it has gifted me insight and growth! It’s reminded me who of I am, of the strength I didn’t know I had and the priorities and values I hold dearest. I’m considering it all a nudge from Peggy to step into my power and my life with vigour and vibrancy. I’m studying again; doing my own mid year desire mapping, planning my first workshops and looking forward to standing in resilience and joy for whatever else may come. I hope you’ll join me for some of it!
Danielle LaPorte and Team D are launching a new and improved online Desire Map Course. Danielle’s taken what she’s learned in her years of Desire Mapping and she’s gone deeper with new content and exercises that I have no doubt will blow me away. I’ve already started daily heart centering practice and it is just magic. If going deeper into your own feelings and improving your life by leading from your heart is for you then read on!
So what’s it all about? Well here’s the strategy: Always start in the heart.
What old world healers have known, science is now proving. Our emotions lead our biology. Stress brings chaos in the heart, positivity brings calm and steadiness. When we “think” with our hearts, we build our lives from a cellular level. Desire Mapping gives us the ultimate self-agency—and it generates what we’re all wanting: joy, peace, and ultimately, a more loving world.
Dear Bloggity-blog. I am taking a little time at the moment to concentrate on some projects that need my attention and love and immersing myself in them as well as some much needed family time – which is what most of the last week seems to have been. The projects are Nutriri and my new job as a Desire Map Facilitator. They are both a joy to work on but there is a lot to do too!
I’ve just begun training with Nutriri with the aim of becoming a group leader providing a compassionate alternative to restriction diet clubs. I can’t wait to be part of the plan to help members find moderation through mindful eating and self-compassion to find food & body ease. I can always use more of this myself so I’m currently taking part in the 5 Weeks to Body Love online coaching. Week one coaching was yesterday. It was eye opening, inspirational and great to connect with like minds under the ever lovely, loving, supportive and amazing Helen James! I think it is something incredibly special and I’m feeling very honoured to be part of it.
I signed up a month ago as a Desire Map Facilitator. The content is quite simply amazing and I think it will enable me to facilitate truly magic moments in the workshops/events to come. I already know the resilience desire mapping brought to my life in 2018 and I am so excited to bring it to others in a way I hope will empower them to feel how they want to feel. These workshops will be for women seeking inner reflection, joy, self-love, nourishment and clarity to realise their core desired feelings and to use them as the basis for a more holistic, heart-centred life. It means a lot to me to be able to do this and I’m really hoping to infuse it with the joy and strength this process has given me in what was a very difficult year.
At the moment I’m still immersing myself in the content but beginning to flesh out some ideas about how I want to make it happen. I’m going to start small with my first event and work my way up to (I hope!) bigger numbers. At this moment in time I’m not ruling out any options, so this may happen virtually or in person here in Wicklow or elsewhere (If you want to fly me somewhere exotic and warm that’d be a bonus!) It can also happen in groups or one to one sessions. If you would be interested in taking part in a small group for my first workshop, then please visit my website and register your interest here and I’ll be in touch with you as soon as I have date, venue and price fixed.
I love my new year reflection and writing and figuring out where to park the year that’s been. I adore this time of year – the space between Christmas and New Year and all that time to reflect. This year was so tough I didn’t know where to start or how to put into words the incredible whirlwind it’s been. It felt forced, difficult, not for me this year. So, just this.